MANDY MATULA: Memory lives on through brother's mission - KMSP-TV

MANDY MATULA: Memory lives on through brother's mission

Posted: Updated:
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (KMSP) -

The life of Mandy Matula will continue to live on even if her laugh and smile are frozen in time.

Inside the Matula home, her brother Steven Matula presents the memorial the family has dedicated to Mandy – the athlete, the hard worker and best friend to her brother who disappeared a year ago on May 1 and was found in a shallow grave near Sartell, Minn.

“It’s gone fast and slow. I'm just glad Mandy was found before the winter because if she wasn't that would have been a long winter,” he said.

When she went missing, her community came together, searching for her each and every day,

“It was incredible everyone who went out of their own way just to help me find my sister,” Steven Matula said.

During that time, two other women were also missing, and with that in mind, Matula created Minnesota United, a group that bands together to search for missing persons.

“I figured I would try to get the whole community to come together and look for Kira, Danielle and Mandy,” he said.

Minnesota United turned into so much more. The group used its resources and wide reach to look for Anarae Schunk and Kevin Casserly, among others. Matula’s goal is to use his experience to help calm and counsel others going through the stress of a missing loved one. And it’s all purely volunteer work.

“For, me, no, money is not in the situation. I want to help people, help people get stronger emotionally and mentally,” he said.

Matula knows his sister is gone physically, but each day, he says she is with him and in the end, it’s because of her that Minnesota United exists.

“For her, she was always trying to find the positives in the smallest things. That gave me the strength to keep moving forward but to help other people because that's the way Mandy was ; she always wanted to help other people so I'm going to try to live by that and continue to help people,” he said.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Urban Outfitters blasted over Kent State sweatshirt with 'blood splatters'

    Urban Outfitters blasted over Kent State sweatshirt with 'blood splatters'

    Monday, September 15 2014 12:28 PM EDT2014-09-15 16:28:48 GMT
    Clothing retailer Urban Outfitters is receiving harsh criticism for selling a sweatshirt with a splatter pattern resembling blood over the logo of a university where a famous school shooting took place.
    Clothing retailer Urban Outfitters is receiving harsh criticism for selling a sweatshirt with a splatter pattern resembling blood over the logo of a university where a famous school shooting took place.
  • St. Louis Park marathoner dies after finishing last mile in Boston

    St. Louis Park marathoner dies after finishing last mile in Boston

    Sunday, September 14 2014 11:19 PM EDT2014-09-15 03:19:22 GMT
    Elinor Scott didn't let her cancer diagnosis keep her away from the Boston Marathon, but the bombs at the finish line stopped her at the 25th mile. In April, she went back to cross the finish line. On Friday, she passed on.
    Elinor Scott didn't let her cancer diagnosis keep her away from the Boston Marathon, but the bombs at the finish line stopped her at the 25th mile. In April, she went back to cross the finish line. On Friday, she passed on.
  • Adrian Peterson: 'I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser'

    Adrian Peterson: 'I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser'

    Monday, September 15 2014 4:48 PM EDT2014-09-15 20:48:37 GMT
    Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson released a long statement Monday, punctuated by the following message: "I am not a perfect son. I am not a perfect husband. I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser."
    Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson released a long statement Monday, punctuated by the following message: "I am not a perfect son. I am not a perfect husband. I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser."
Widgets Magazine
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices